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East and west, Kim Griggs

Under the Osakan Sun  Hamish Beaton Awa Press, $34.99, ISBN 9780958275026 A Long Slow Affair of the Heart  Bruce Ansley Longacre, $34.99, ISBN 9781877460210 If this review were a competition, there should have been no contest – a young first-time…
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Lives of nouns and adjectives, Gordon McLauchlan

A Fish in the Swim of the World  Ben Brown Longacre, $34.99, ISBN 1877361410 Family Silver  Richard Shallcrass Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864735332 Something for the Birds  Jacqueline Fahey Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 186940355X Terra Incognito  Douglas Wright…
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Wild threads of imagination, Joan de Hamel

The Unquiet Carolyn McCurdie Longacre, $16.95, ISBN 1877361402 Aim High  David Hill Mallinson Rendel, $17.00, ISBN 0958262624 Frog Whistle Mine  Des Hunt HarperCollins, $16.99, ISBN 1869505956 Lizzie, Love  Brenda Delamain Longacre, $16.99, ISBN 1877361399 Shooting the Moon  V M Jones…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

Surviving, Joan de Hamel

Walking Lightly  Fleur Beale, illustrations by Michaela Sangl Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783906 My Story: A New Song in the Land – The Writings of Atapo, Paihia, c 1840  Fleur Beale Scholastic, $16.99, ISBN 1869436113 Robert Moran – Private Ken…
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Getting by with a little help, Nelson Wattie

It Looks Better on You: New Zealand Women Writers on their Friendships ed Jane Westaway and Tessa Copland Longacre, $34.95, ISBN 1877135828 We’re unlikely to find a better definition of “friend” than the one in Lennon and McCartney’s famous lines:…
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Staying in the saddle, Kim Griggs

The Year of the Horse Sam Mahon Longacre, $34.95, ISBN 1877135739 In The Year of the Horse, sculptor Sam Mahon recounts the year he spent making of a life-sized bronze sculpture of a horse and rider, the archetypal Southern Man,…
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Bad girls and bright boys, Raymond Huber

No Alarms Bernard Beckett Longacre, $16.95, ISBN 1877135755 Spider William Taylor Longacre, $16.95, ISBN 1877135607 These two young adult novels are character studies that reveal both the desperation and the potential of the teenage years. No Alarms is a fast-paced,…
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Some Content May Disturb, David Hill

Kalik Jack Lasenby Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 01877135593 Why should I have to review Lasenby? After all, the guy’s beaten me far too often in far too many Children’s Book Awards. I’ll review him because his Travellers quartet of Young Adult…
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Love and other animals, Susan Paris

Return to One Foot Island  Graeme Lay Penguin, $18.95, ISBN 0141313706 Peri Penelope Todd Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1877135658 Owl  Joanna Orwin Longacre, $16.95, ISBN 1877135585 50 Short Short Stories by Young New Zealanders  ed Graeme Lay Tandem Press, $19.95, ISBN…
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Secrets and lies, Fleur Beale

Love and Other Excuses Jane Westaway Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 877135 28 3 Hostel Girl Maurice Gee Penguin, $15.95, ISBN 0 14 130653 X Jerome William Taylor Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 877135 29 1 I started reading Love and Other…
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